Safer Viewing: A Study of Secondary Trauma Mitigation Techniques in Open Source Investigations

Elise Baker, Eric Stover, Rohini Haar, Andrea Lampros, and Alexa Koenig Abstract Human rights investigators often review graphic imagery of potential war crimes and human rights abuses while conducting open source investigations. As a result, they are at risk of developing secondary trauma, a condition that can produce a range of cognitive and behavioral consequences, including elevated anxiety and distress, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Human rights organizations have traditionally…

Global Health in the Age of COVID-19: Responsive Health Systems Through a Right to Health Fund

Eric A. Friedman, Lawrence O. Gostin, Allan Maleche, Alessandra Nilo, Fogue Foguito, Umunyana Rugege, Sasha Stevenson, Githinji Gitahi, Ana Lorena Ruano, Michele Barry, Sara Hossain, Franciscka Lucien, Itai Rusike, Martin Hevia, Ala Alwan, Edwin Cameron, Paul Farmer, Walter Flores, Adila Hassim, Rosemary Mburu, Joia Mukherjee, Moses Mulumba, Dainius Puras, and Mirta Roses Periago Abstract We propose that a Right to Health Capacity Fund (R2HCF) be created as a central institution…

Anti-Roma Racism is Spiraling During COVID-19 Pandemic

Margareta Matache and Jacqueline Bhabha There is a new global comity taking shape. Across the world, from the markets of Wuhan to the streets of New York, Rome, Rio, and Delhi, people are sharing the experience of facing the COVID-19 pandemic as a health, social, and economic threat. But there is a darker side to this collective danger—a license to unleash racism against stigmatized groups. We have seen this at…

How Can We Overcome the Great Procrastination to Respond to the Climate Emergency?

Rachel Hammonds The climate emergency is undermining human rights progress globally, presenting humanity with a complex problem that demands a transformative approach to our fundamental existence, including what we eat, how we live, and how we travel and commute. Five years ago the editorial in this Journal’s issue on Climate Justice and the Right to Health asked if our era will be viewed as the era of the “Great Procrastination”…

Celebrating 25 years: From Aspiration to Reality, An Australian Postscript

Claire E Brolan Congratulations to Health and Human Rights on its 25th anniversary from Queensland, Australia. In 2010 I read Jonathan Mann’s article, “Health and Human Rights: If Not Now, When?”, published in Health and Human Rights in 1997, and republished in the American Journal of Public Health in 2006.1 Therein, Mann identified that in the public health and human rights fields, “we are creating, participating in, and witnessing an…

Tuberculosis Care in Mexico’s Chiapas Highlands Region: A Right to Health Analysis

Andrea Pérez-Molina, Héctor Javier Sánchez-Pérez, Maritel Yanes-Pérez, and Marcos Arana-Cedeño Abstract This article analyzes the fulfillment of the four essential and interrelated elements of availability, accessibility, acceptability, and quality (AAAQ) presented in General Comment 14 of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. We examined the ways that AAAQ criteria are met in tuberculosis (TB) care by evaluating a sample of 33 primary health care units (PHCUs)…

Human Rights in Global Health Governance

Benjamin Mason Meier, Margherita Marianna Cinà, and Lawrence O. Gostin Institutions of global health governance are central to the advancement of health and human rights. Over the past 25 years, there has arisen an effort to formalize human rights implementation responsibilities across institutions of global governance, leading to a dramatic reframing in how international human rights law has been understood to influence the policies, programs, and practices of international organizations.…

Non-marital Pregnancies and Unmarried Women’s Search for Illegal Abortion in Morocco

Irene Capelli Abstract Abortion in Morocco is illegal except to safeguard a woman’s life or health. Morocco has put some sexual and reproductive health policies into motion that are in line with the standards defined by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Population Fund, especially after the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, but Morocco’s Penal Code continues to criminalize the practice. This paper explores how proposed…

The Unique Landscape of Abortion Law and Access in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Sarrah Shahawy Abstract Abortion remains a highly debated topic in women’s health in the Middle East and specifically in the occupied Palestinian territories (OPT), where it is illegal in most cases. Abortion access is challenging and complex due to laws, hospital policies, and the fragmented nature of the OPT and its health care system. This paper explores several barriers to accessing safe abortion care in the OPT, many of which…

Eliminating Abortion from Criminal Law in Colombia: A Just Cause

Ana Cristina González-Vélez, Carolina Melo-Arévalo, and Juliana Martínez-Londoño Abstract The two main legal models governing abortion provision, indications for abortion and time limits on the number of weeks of pregnancy, both limit recognition of women’s reproductive autonomy. Each model restricts the circumstances under which women can access abortion. Yet, in most of the world these have been the main political goals for the feminist movement in the fight to make…